“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Greenpeace again offends indigenous people

nazca-lines-damageGreenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness.

Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural sites at Machu Picchu and Nazca, while doing ridiculous publicity stunts to highlight their claim that tiny amounts of plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide are causing “dangerous” planet-wide climate change.

The Times of London’s Ben Webster says a Peruvian prosecutor investigating the incident was angry that the activists had caused “irreparable damage” to a large area of the “Nazca lines,” an ancient monument that UNESCO lists as a World Heritage Site. The “lines” are a series of ancient glyphs in the country’s southern desert region. Hundreds of figures include stylized fish, hummingbirds, lizards, monkeys and spiders. Archeologists believe they were created by the Nacza culture 1360-1615 years ago.

How Shale Oil Is Rebuilding America, Sans Obama

cartoon-obama-energy-plansOwing little to Obama's policies and the EPA's ongoing commitment to cripple fossil-fuel production, the combined efforts of shale producers are singlehandedly sending gasoline prices plummeting, and throwing a wrench into OPEC's ability to manipulate world oil prices. From Businessweek:

The world’s biggest oil companies faced ruin in the summer of 1931. Crude prices had plummeted. Wildcatters were selling oil from the bonanza East Texas field for a nickel a barrel, cheaper than a bowl of chili. On Aug. 17, Governor Ross Sterling declared a state of insurrection in four counties and sent 1,100 National Guard troops to shut down the fields and bring order to the market. A month later the Railroad Commission of Texas handed out strict production quotas.

That heavy-handed intervention in the free market was remarkable enough. Even more remarkable was who pulled it off. The person in charge of shutting down the wildcatters, National Guard Brigadier General Jacob Wolters, was the general counsel of Texas Co., an ancestor of Chevron. And the Texas governor who ordered Wolters in was a past president of Humble Oil and Refining, a forerunner of ExxonMobil. Big Oil played hardball in those days.

Aussie councils reject sea level hysteria

fort denisonFort Denison, an old penal colony in the middle of Sydney Harbour, has one of the oldest tide gauges around, having been located there for 128 years. During this period, the sea level has risen just 6.5 cm, or about two and a half inches.

Despite these trivial sea level rise over the past century and a bit, moonbat councils on the east coast of Australia are still tying up waterfront properties in miles of green tape, justified by predictions of massive sea level rises by climate alarmists, and property values have plummeted as a result:

In mid-2010, the Eurobodalla council, south of Shoalhaven, introduced a unique interim sea level rise policy that shackled more than a quarter of all properties in the shire to restrictive development controls. Predictably, there was an immediate shire-wide decline in property values.

No more Mr Nice Guy

tony abbottTony Abbott keeps trying to win over the Left. The Left keeps kicking him in the teeth, hailing each concessions as a sign of weakness.

And the Liberal base just gets more and more depressed.

This is not a winning strategy - and I do not know how much more forcefully I can put it than I have so far tried.

The latest example:

Money allocated to fund an international climate fund could have been used to fund 40 million Australian GP visits, removed budget cuts for our 8000 poorest families or funded more than 40,000 skin cancer removals.

Rich Nations Get Cold Feet Over $100 Billion Climate Fund Promise

cop20Developed countries do not wish to provide a road map before 2019 for their financial commitments to fight climate change. But at the Lima talks they have demanded that the linked actions of developing countries to reduce emissions be announced and reviewed well before, by 2015 itself. This has led to a logjam on the issue of finance in the negotiations. But, it has also got all the factions within the over-arching G77+China group of 134 developing countries aligned close. --Nitin Sethi, Business Standard, 12 December 2014

Climate negotiators went to Lima in an optimistic atmosphere, but hopes for a strong outcome to the discussions have receded with just one day of talks left. Developing and developed countries continue to disagree on how responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions should be shared. --Peter Teffer, Euobserver, 12 December 2014

CBO makes the fracking case

FrackSB 300x179In the past decade, the United States has suffered a housing implosion, a catastrophic financial crisis and the agonizingly slow growth of a jobless, low-wage recovery.

But not all news has been bad, as the Congressional Budget Office made plain this week with a new report on the fracking revolution. The report should remind members of the new Congress that they should ignore the dishonest environmental radicals and their false propaganda and help make the nation a net petroleum exporter again.

The unconventional oil and gas industry, as fracking and shale production is known, is breathing life back into rural America. It is creating the economically sustainable high-wage jobs that President Obama's stimulus package never could. It is bringing down trade deficits, replenishing the coffers of indebted governments, pulling down energy prices and taking away diplomatic leverage from some of the world's most hostile and unpleasant regimes.

Greenpeace stunt steals show at Lima summit

GreenpeacesNegotiations for a new climate change deal in Lima were pushed aside from Peru’s newspapers’ headlines yesterday as the government and the local press directed their anger toward Greenpeace, following the NGO’s controversial display of a banner at the ancient Nazca lines.

The NGO’s head was set to arrive in the Peruvian capital at press time last night to apologize to President Ollanta Humala, who has publicly slammed the organization’s ill-conceived actions.

Meanwhile, the Conference of Parties (COP) agenda moved forward with the presence of US Secretary-of-State John Kerry, who tried to spur the slow-moving negotiations by telling governments to stop blaming one another for global warming and instead act immediately in order to avoid more serious consequences in the long-term.

Europe feeling the cost of climate change policy

wind farm landI recently attended an 'exchange of views' with the European commission on their negotiating position for the upcoming climate talks in Lima, ahead of next year's Paris conference, and I shared with them some unpopular views. Part of the package seems to be a proposal for an €8bn fund to help developing countries deal with 'the effects of climate change'. In UKIP we take the view that climate mitigation on the Kyoto model is probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, and ruinously expensive.

Al Gore's pathetic poetry platitudes

goreIn an upbeat mood after arriving in Lima, Peru a couple of days ago to attend U.N. climate talks, former U.S. vice president Al Gore opted for a pithy approach (whew!) to arguing on behalf of the cause that made him a one-percenter and got him a Nobel Prize.  As reported here, Gore…quoted poetry.  The flip-side of this tactic evidently escaped him: reputable scientists have shown that statistical analyses used to support global warming claims come closer to poetry than science.  Oops!

Here are the quotes Gore reportedly used: 

Hottest year ever? Not quite

protestGlobal warming doomsayers have issues confronting reality

2014 could be the hottest year ever, enthused reporters, environmentalists and government delegates as they descended on Lima, Peru for a UN global warming gabfest, hoping against hope for good news after 18 straight years in which temperatures refused to climb. The increase reported by the World Meteorological Organization for the first 10 months of 2014 — released to give the UN gathering some gravitas — wasn’t enormous, just one-hundredth of one degree warmer than the previous record. But beggars can’t be choosers, especially among determined doomsayers, for whom hope springs eternal.

Video: Stossel on being reasonable

From Fox & Friends segment on Being Reasonable:

“Every year, fewer people die from the weather because of fossil fuels,” the Fox Business host observed. “They are able to protect themselves. Big difference between ‘climate change is going to kill us,’ and ‘climate changes.’”

Gore's Data is Twisting in the Wind

The Prophesies of Al GoreThe Prophesies of Al GoreAl Gore gave another PowerPoint performance to many of the delegates, activists, and reporters at the UN Climate Conference (COP-20) in Peru, even though many, if not most, of the data presented is contradicted by the IPCC's latest synthesis report. From Reason (emphasis added):

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate noted that most of the excess heat from global warming is being stored in the oceans and hinted, without stating outright, that rising sea surface temperatures are already intensifying hurricanes and typhoons. As examples, he cited the massive damage that Typhoon Haiyan and Superstorm Sandy inflicted on the Philippines and the U.S. respectively. Those storms were indeed intense, but not as intense as earlier storms such as Typhoons Tip (1979), Nora (1973), and Ida (1958). Gore also failed to mention that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) new Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report found, "There is low confidence that long-term changes in tropical cyclone activity are robust and there is low confidence in the attribution of global changes to any particular cause."